Monday, July 25, 2016
BEING THE ADDRESS OF ADESINA OGUNLANA ESQ, CHAIRMAN N.B.A. IKEJA BRANCH AT THE SPECIAL VALEDICTORY SERVICE FOR LATE ADENIYI ADEYEMI ADEWUNMI WHO TRANSLATED 14TH JULY 2016, TODAY 22 JULY 2016
I with utmost sobriety, welcome us all to this valedictory session for a distinguished member of the Branch, ADENIYI ADEYEMI ADEWUNMI.
Oh what a man!
The organization of this session is at short notice and notice of same to you all even shorter. While it is true that Adeniyi died in his age of bloom, the Branch leadership has declined to descend to mourning not only for the uselessness of mourning, but also for the reality that in death is life and life is the very core of death.
Rather we resolve to do the appropriate-celebrate a worthy life, a life of impact an existence of positive impact.
AAA was born on August 26 1966 and became a legal practitioner in 1988 at the tender age of 22. Thus he had practiced in the forest of laws, for 28 years or thereabouts.
That AAA was successful legal practitioner is not in doubt. He was a founding partner of the famous CITIPOINT Chambers, a chambers so renowned that it is a sad wonder that till date, none of its leaders has been considered fit and proper for elevation into the membership of the inner sanctum of the Bar.
AAA’s success however cannot be measured ONLY in any quantum of material possessions as may be spoken of some other well-off legal practitioners.
The six foremost qualities of the Attorney-at-law, KNOWLEDGE, ERUDITION, COURAGE, INTEGRITY, INDUSTRY and COMPASSION; were the flesh and blood of our departed colleague.
Niyi was not a journey-man of a lawyer.
Niyi was not a Mafia lawyer and could not have been.
Niyi was not a lawyer compromisable and was not also a conduit pipe.
Niyi was not a 'use and dump' principal.
I can go on. But don’t let me stop until I mention that Niyi was a BAR MAN; of the Tiger extraction.
There are Bar men who support the Bar with their funds. There are those who support the Bar with their advice. There are those who support with their time. Then there are the all-rounders: those who support the Bar with their all. Niyi was an all rounder.
Niyi, the son of Adewunmi, now our senior colleague in the inescapable Bar is gone. When cometh another?
That when is now. I challenge us all to emulate and surpass the sterling qualities of this great and truly exceptional 'Tiger,' so that our profession and indeed our nation shall be a much better proposition than he, left it.
May God be the comforter of his immediate family and partners in the at CITIPOINT chamber. May our great Bar be comforted and may we not gather again so soon thereafter for the loss of our diamonds.
I thank you for your kind attention.